“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us. We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-11 NLT
God is a comfort to His people. Psalm 46:1 says “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” NLT
It is wonderful to know that we have someone who is always with us and always available. There is never a time when He is not accessible or available. No human being can do that, only God.
Paul had endured tremendous hardships while on his missionary journeys. He had faced opposition, being thrown in prison, beatings, stoning, betrayal, and a host of other things. He wasn't sensationalizing his circumstances. He truly had wondered at times if he would survive. However, he knew in whom he believed (see 2 Timothy 1:12). He trusted his Father with his life. He was willing to face anything for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Being a Christian in a hostile culture requires an absolute devotion to Jesus. God will not fail us! He is forever faithful. We can trust with complete certainty that He will finish what He started in us (see Philippians 1:6). No matter what you may be going through, if you are God's child, simply trust God to comfort, strengthen, and take care of you. He's got it!!
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, I trust you with my life. Help me know your peace today and walk in it.
Rev. Curtis Norris